Two members of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s ownership group accused their partners and the paper’s publisher on Thursday of violating an operating agreement by unilaterally firing two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Bill Marimow on Monday without the full consent of the company’s management group.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Tuesday slammed the federal government with another lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court, accusing the government of infringing its religious freedom by forcing it to provide services that violate its long-held beliefs against contraception and abortion.
Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Synthes Sales Inc. sued three former sales employees and their new employer, Globus Medical Inc., in Texas federal court, alleging the workers violated noncompete agreements by soliciting sales from former clients.
Outback Steakhouse workers on Friday launched a proposed wage-and-hour collective action in Nevada federal court accusing the company of forcing employees to work without compensation during a preshift period called "Outback Time" that could last up to two hours.
West Penn Allegheny Health System was hit with a putative collective action in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday claiming to cover more than 13,000 employees the suit alleges were forced to work through meal breaks without pay.
The former grant director of a security research center at George Washington University on Monday sued the school under the False Claims Act, claiming he was wrongfully fired after complaining about fraudulent practices in connection with a $5 million government-funded anti-terrorism subcontract.
The State of California hit the U.S. Department of Labor with a lawsuit in federal court on Friday, saying the agency improperly denied federal grants to the state’s public transit providers after concluding that recent pension reforms constrain workers’ collective bargaining rights.
Alex Rodriguez's tightly drawn damages suit claiming Major League Baseball resorted to below-the-belt tactics in a quest to prove he used banned drugs is geared toward bloodying baseball's reputation in open court by skirting union agreements requiring closed-door dispute resolution, experts said Friday.
Baseball's persecution of Alex Rodriguez "has known no bounds," claimed the Yankees slugger mired under a cloud of suspicion over illegal steroid use, saying in a damages suit filed in New York on Thursday that the league has illegally interfered with his player contract and other business interests.
Fired NBC News reporter Frank W. Snepp sued his former employer in California state court Tuesday, alleging he was terminated because of his age and because he had complained about discrimination against older workers at the company.
A Florida orthodontist accused President Barack Obama and his administration of violating the Administrative Procedure Act when the government delayed the so-called employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, according to a suit filed in federal court Tuesday.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission slapped a company with a race bias suit in Alabama federal court Monday, claiming the catastrophic insurance claims company broke the law by yanking an employment offer from a job applicant who refused to cut off her dreadlocks.
A former senior sales manager for Samsung Electronics Latino America Miami Inc. sued the company in Florida state court Friday, seeking damages for alleged gender discrimination and retaliation in violations of the Florida Civil Rights Act.
A partner at Thomas Thomas & Hafer LLP was slapped with a defamation suit in Pennsylvania state court on Wednesday by a doctor who claims he lost out on several opportunities to serve as an expert witness after being slurred as a drug addict at a deposition in a workers’ compensation case.
Amazon.com Inc. was hit with a class action in Pennsylvania state court on Friday over allegations that the online retailing giant did not pay overtime wages to warehouse employees.
New York City blamed the city's public school teachers union Thursday for holding up a deal to appoint more arbitrators to hear disciplinary actions against teachers, the latest fight between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the union.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a Celtic-themed sports bar chain in Illinois federal court on Thursday, alleging the company made disability-related inquiries of its employees and commingled their health information in violation of federal employment law.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission slapped Wells Fargo Bank NA with a lawsuit in Nevada federal court on Wednesday, claiming the bank allowed a female manager and employee to create a sexually hostile work environment for other female workers.
The former CEO of a New Jersey state developmental center filed suit last month against his former employer and the state’s Department of Human Services, alleging he was fired for criticizing the department's investigation into allegations of unauthorized medical research.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that it has sued Consol Energy Inc. and Consolidation Coal Company in West Virginia federal court for allegedly forcing a long-time mine worker to retire because the companies' newly installed technology violated his religious beliefs.
Despite the benefits of publishing and consistently enforcing progressive discipline policies, individuals and business owners alike can think of examples where employers have not published or adhered to their own protocols, says R. Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.
Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court made it clear that California employers do not have to police meal and rest periods, so it would seem employers have a safe harbor so long as employees have the freedom to take meal and rest breaks, right? Not so fast, says Joshua Kienitz of Littler Mendelson PC.
On Oct. 31, 2013, the IRS issued guidance relaxing the use-or-lose rule applicable to health flexible spending arrangements under employers’ cafeteria plans. Employers with calendar year plans that want to adopt this carryover provision for unused health FSA balances remaining at the end of 2013 will need to act quickly, say Marcus Wu and Lori Partrick of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
As if compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act were not more than enough to keep general counsels awake at night, there is now one more concern that is sure to cause even more sleepless nights: Misrepresenting the true reason a worker is coming to the U.S. opens up a company to criminal exposure, say Peter Zeidenberg of DLA Piper and Brian Green of Murthy Law.
Although recent wins by defendants in say-on-pay lawsuits should help limit proxy litigation relating to compensation-related disclosures, it is reasonable to expect that plaintiffs’ counsel will continue to find ways to target companies and their directors in this type of litigation. To minimize litigation risk related to disclosure claims, corporate counsel should remain proactive in six areas of business, say Jordan Eth and Mark R.S. Foster of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Fair Laboratory Practices Associates v. Quest Diagnostics Inc. presented the Second Circuit with a question that has the potential to keep corporate executives up at night — can an in-house attorney use confidential communications to blow the whistle on a former client? say Christopher Myers and Michelle Hess of Holland & Knight LLP.
While the questions in Bakoss v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London were plainly important and the circuit splits were clear, the issues may well have been too vexing for the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservatives to support taking the case. It is, however, simply a matter of time before these issues will demand the court’s resolution once again, says Robert Loeb of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
In the past few weeks, there have been several noteworthy decisions regarding employers' use of criminal background information to make hiring decisions — including EEOC v. Peoplemark, which shows that whether a case is handled internally or by outside counsel, employers should be extremely cautious about overstating policies, says Melissa Siebert of Baker & Hostetler LLP.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform has proposed reforms that would improve the fairness, rationality and effectiveness of the False Claims Act. For example, instituting a descending set of award ranges applicable to increasing recoveries will reduce the prevalence of enormous jackpots that spur frivolous suits and needlessly drain away funds more properly reserved for taxpayers, say David Ogden and Jonathan Cedarbaum of WilmerHale.
Workplace bullying can expose employers to liability under various federal and state laws and dampen workplace productivity. Therefore, states should consider drafting and passing bills similar to those in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, while employers should implement anti-bullying policies, says Jennifer Burdick with Community Legal Services and attorneys with Dechert LLP.